Usain Bolt, the gold-medalist Olympic sprinter, was knocked down by a cameraman who lost control of his Segway just moments after winning the 200m sprint at the World Athletics Championships on Thursday.
"Accidents happen. I have a few cuts but it is nothing that I have never done to myself in training," Bolt later said of the incident, the BBC reported
. "I will be all right."
Several news outlets and fans watching around the world shared the full-leg sweep on social media platforms like Vine.
Bolt, a multiple world-record holder, finished the Beijing race in just 19.55 seconds, edging out American Justin Gatlin by 0.19.
The following day, on Friday, the cameraman, identified as Song Tao of host broadcaster CCTV, offered Bolt an apology and a friendship bracelet, and the sprinter smiled widely in accepting both.
"The important thing is that he is OK. I’m fine and ready to get back to work," Song told The Guardian
via his colleague Shao Yi.
Bolt later joked that Gatlin must have paid Tao to take him out.
"He tried to kill me! I don’t know what he was going on. It was like: 'You are winning too much — take him out!'"
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